How to Paint Moss

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Gardeners have long used moss paint, or slurry, as a way to establish moss on rock walls, paving stones and other difficult areas, but painting creatively with moss paint is a relatively new art form. Use moss paint to add interest to the landscape, or to decorate and soften ugly concrete walls and abandoned buildings. Making moss paint is a simple process and the paint is completely biodegradable.

Things You'll Need

  • 3 to 4 clumps of moss
  • Bowl
  • Blender
  • 1 1/2 cup of buttermilk or 12 ounces of yogurt or 12-ounce can of beer
  • 1/2 tsp. of granulated sugar
  • Spoonful of hydrogel granules or crystals (optional)
  • Plastic bucket or disposable plastic container
  • Old paintbrush or spray bottle with large nozzle for applying moss
  • Spray bottle or hose with a fine spray nozzle for spraying water
  • Gather three to four clumps of moss. Pick out sticks, pebbles and other debris, then soak the moss in a bowl of water to remove most of the soil clinging to the moss. Tear the moss into small pieces, then place the pieces of moss in a blender.

  • Pour in 1 1/2 cup of buttermilk or 12 ounces of yogurt. If you prefer, substitute a 12 ounce can of beer. Add 1/2 tsp. of granulated sugar. If desired, add a spoonful of hydrogel granules or crystals to improve water retention.

  • Turn the blender on low speed and blend the mossy mixture until it looks like a thick, smooth, green milkshake. Pour the mixture into a plastic bucket or a disposable plastic container.

  • Dip an old paintbrush into the moss mixture, then paint the mixture onto a wall in a cool, shady spot. Alternatively, use a spray bottle with a large nozzle to spray paint the moss onto the surface.

  • Spray the moss painting with water as often as necessary to keep the moss moist. Use a spray bottle, or for large areas, use a hose with a fine spray nozzle. Use a gentle mist to avoid loosening the moss.

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